If you search for child abuse on Bing - Microsoft will know
Microsoft’s Bing search engine has become the first in the world to introduce pop-up notifications for those who decide to seek out child abuse content including child pornography. The system will be launching in the United Kingdom first.
The new system will first notify users that they are searching for illegal content and offer details on available counseling services.
Yahoo, which uses Bing search results, says it may also be implementing a similar technology in the future. Google on the other hand, states that it will continue to report material, but has no plans to use pop-up notifications.
It doesn’t seem to be a coincidence that Bing is now reacting to child abuse content searched in the UK, as the prime minister recently stated that companies needed to do more to block access to such images.
The Bing popup is only triggered by certain blacklist words compiled by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). A spokesman from Microsoft stated the purpose of the new pop up system is designed “to stop those who may be drifting towards trying to find illegal child abuse content on the web via search engines.”
Another spokesman commented on Microsoft’s past fight against child exploitation:
The prime minister had requested a notification that would warn people about the consequences of searching out such content including “losing their job, their family, and even access to their children.”
Bing’s initiative is a positive step forward, but Google still holds an 88% share of the UK search engine market and until the Mountain View, California company jumps in on the notification warnings – they are will go unnoticed and be useless to 88% of the population.
Lastly, the UK government stated that Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Twitter would allow the Internet Watch Foundation to actively seek out abusive images; this movement was put into effect last month.
What do you think about Bing’s new popup notification system for child abuse content – is it enough?
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So, I would tell you to "shut up", but that would put me on your level.
When government decides to censor, it does not stop. Who decides next what should be censored? Perhaps we should censor political speach since it can be harmful. Do not like the NRA, lets censor them. Who is next? Let us make a list everyone has someone they do not like. Why stop, let us censor them all. We have seen with the IRS scandel and Snowden that government knows no bounds in taking away your rights.
You like many fall into the "good king" trap. They are doing this for the "children" The issue is this censor may be for a good cause and the people doing this may have a good heart and intention for doing this today. But what about the next person? You cannot always assume that government or anyone ALWAYS has good intentions.
What if someone now decides to blacklist the word "breast" because it is offensive to someone. You cannot search either for chicken breast recipes nor reasearch breast cancer and the slippery slope goes down hill from there.
Many of these so called solutions are done because they are emotional or assumed to be "easy" fixes for a more difficult problem. The issue is, criminals and people who have a demand will simply find other means around a stupid black list. For example, 'La-da-di-da-di is slang for MDMA, also known as ecstasy. If someone bans that, they will simply use other slang. Blacklists never work. Worse, you may drive these people more underground and make them harder to find. All censorship or silly laws do is make it harder for law abiding people.
Going way back to Founder of the USA, the Founders in the Federalist Papers warned about this type of censorship and even gave examples for their time.
Law enforcement and government needs to do the hard work and not rely on stupid tricks. Before there was an internet there was child porn, black list it and there will still be child porn and people who do these awfull things to children will simply go deeper underground.
Bringing things to light is self sanatizing. Making things go into the dark just makes things more difficult to catch these people and takes liberty and freedoms from everyone else.
Has it been so long that we have forgotten what the government tried to do with Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and how it kept expanding. How it would have Impact on online freedom of speech and one of the excuses was Protection against counterfeit drugs. Govenment is mostly about control, they are rarely there to help.
While the intentions are good, this can and will turn into abuse of the freedoms of the law abiding.
"What matters is the potential not the intentions."
If you read the two lines, you can find all the world tragedy and mishaps have the same seed?
You allow the powers who govern us with the potential for the best of intentions and history has taught us where it can lead to….
It is a slippery slope that has no end.
Google is not selling any info, its other way around.
“Déjà vu, my computer is so intelligent. It know what I want “ think again… you will find the truth.
I'm good with this, just don't go overboard with it. Having children myself, I don't want to end up on a list though searching terms like Dad & Daughter dance (which has absolutely nothing to do with incest), or Little Girls Dresses (which already is pretty slippery if your the Father/Mother of a daughter, and you've ever tried the term before, it gets pretty dicey the further you go in page count).
That said, improve it and watch for patterns, then improve it some more before implementation.
It's already obnoxious that Skydrive blocks your account if you have nude images. (What it the rational behind that, anyway? What happens if I have nude images on my computer while using 8.1 with activated synching options? Does my computer get blocked or something?)
How the hell will this have any use at all? What if I'm doing research on child abuse or something?
Are you seriously expecting the consumers of child porn to not know that they are doing something illegal? You can bet your ass that they use far more secure methods than searching on Bing.
A pedophile retarded enough to use Google for his urges wouldn't be able to survive into adulthood. You are more likely to catch very young teenagers that search for content in their age group.
may be duckduckgo.com will be good for you.
I just hope that if it starts tracking people down that a legitimate and full investigation confirms or denies involvement. The bad thing about that is that if there's even a slight rumor of "that guy down the street looks at kiddy porn" then you're labeled, blacklisted and people will never treat you the same way.
It IS a slippery slope that I hope can find the legit perpetrators out there but I fear that some innocent persons might get caught up in it as well.
If Google chooses not to do a thing, then more child abuser will flock to them.
I for one will disable keyword blocked google.com from my home so no one in my family can access it
If I type "the naked and famous", which is a popular band, into Bing, my safesearch filter blocks all searches.
If I type the same thing in google, no problem at all and nothing scandalous shows up.
Maybe that is niave of me to think that is the most frequent reason for someone to use those search terms...
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